Schönbrunn Palace and its baroque grounds were built and remodelled during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa from 1743; the site was added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1996.
The palace was used as a summer residence by the Habsburgs, who generally resided at the Hofburg in winter. Tours of the palace start in the west wing, which housed the living quarters of the royal couple Franz Joseph and Sisi. The rooms are presented in such a way as to provide the truest possible reflection of the Empress Elisabeth.
The castle grounds also offer much worth seeing, including the gloriette, maze, palm house, orangery and, of course, the zoo.
Discovering all the sights of Schönbrunn and finding out everything worth knowing about Empress Elisabeth and Schönbrunn would take some considerable time. Our Sisi Tour of Schönbrunn therefore takes in the most important points.